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Ask the doc: Can a 12-year-old really date?

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Q: I notice you said that 12-year-old children can date. I disagree. Can you explain this?

A: It may be safer if young persons go out in groups. Group dating may be preferred by parents and caregivers.


Q: I am very concerned that my father is giving my 15-year-old daughter any amount of money to go shopping. She is the youngest of 10 grandchildren and he will even give her $5,000 to go to the mall. How can I stop this?

A: You can ask your father to buy her gifts instead of giving her cash. You can also encourage her to save money when she receives it.


Q: My 14-year-old will not take his medication for a rash he has that recurs. How can I make him see the importance of this?

A: Be frank with your son and let him know the worst-case scenario of what may happen if he does not take the medication. If he is afraid of side effects, let him discuss this with the family doctor.

- Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!